Civil Contingencies Act 2004

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Civil Contingencies Act 2004

An Act of Parliament which provides the framework for emergency and disaster planning and response on local and national levels in the UK, replacing the Civil Defence Act (1948), which was ill-equipped for domestic squabbles related to fuel, flooding and foot and mouth disease and serious emergencies such as terrorism.

The Act is divided into three parts—Part 1, which defines local arrangements for civil protection, is of particular medical interest. Part 1 lists core (category 1) responders: “blue light” services—emergency medical services, police, fire, coast guard, primary care trusts, acute trusts, foundation trusts, health protection agency, port health authorities, local authorities and environment agency.
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This government seems hell bent on creating a police state with the Civil Contingencies Bill.
THE Civil Contingencies Bill now being put forward by the Govern-ment is the most frightening legislation ever put before Parliament.
THE proposed Civil Contingencies Bill was supposed to modernise local emergency arrangements.
government is seeking greater authority to respond to emergencies and is pushing for that authority through the Civil Contingencies Bill.
Under the Civil Contingencies Bill, armed officers - backed up by soldiers - will be able to bar the public from sensitive sites, requisition property, ban public meetings and set up courts to deal with dissenters.
The aim of the Civil Contingencies Bill is to give the police and the Government legal powers to deal with a terrorist strike or major disaster.
Mr Macho, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan's principal emergency planning officer, said the Civil Contingencies Bill, which is due to go before Parliament next year, will have wide implications for the department responsible for dealing with anything from natural disasters, like flooding, to a terrorist attack.
During the House of Lords debate on the Civil Contingencies Bill, the Conservatives proposed a modest and balanced amendment to ensure that the Government could not override ``core rights'' such as the Habeas Corpus Act of 1816, and the Parliament Act of 1911.
WE have witnessed the steady erosion of our civil liberties under New Labour, culminating in the Civil Contingencies Bill, which is a recipe for dictatorship.
If passed, the Civil Contingencies Bill will require all Category One public services such as councils, police and fire authorities, and Primary Care Trusts to prepare comprehensive contingency plans in respect of any emergencies that may happen in their jurisdiction.
THE Civil Contingencies Bill, to improve emergency planning in England and Wales, was discussed by MPs this week.